COURTING DARKNESS Title: COURTING DARKNESS (Courting Darkness Duology #1) Author: Robin LaFevers Pub. Date: February 5, 2019 Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook Pages: 160 Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Audible, B&N, iBooks, TBD Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning… Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent—provided Sybella can find them. Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she struggles to remember who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. Her only solace is a hidden prisoner who appears all but forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands—even if it means ignoring the long awaited orders from the convent. As Sybella and Gen’s paths draw ever closer, the fate of everything they hold sacred rests on a knife’s edge. Will they find each other in time, or will their worlds collide, destroying everything they care about? See where it all began! Grab the His Fair Assassin Trilogy now! You don’t need to read these to read Courting Darkness but they’re amazing! Grave Mercy- Amazon, Audible, B&N, iBooks, TBD Dark Triumph- Amazon, Audible, B&N, iBooks, TBD Mortal Heart- Amazon, Audible, B&N, iBooks, TBD About Robin: Robin LaFevers was raised on a steady diet of fairy tales, Bulfinch’s mythology, and 19th century poetry. It is not surprising she grew up to be a hopeless romantic. Though she has never trained as an assassin or joined a convent, she did attend Catholic school for three years, which instilled in her a deep fascination with sacred rituals and the concept of the Divine. She has been on a search for answers to life’s mysteries ever since. While many of those answers still elude her, she was lucky enough to find her one true love, and is living happily ever after with him in the foothills of southern California. In addition to writing about teen assassin nuns in medieval Brittany, she writes books for middle grade readers, including the Theodosia books and the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series. You can learn more about those books at www.rllafevers.com. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr | Goodreads Giveaway Details: 20 winners will receive His Fair Assassin character card sets, US Only. Rafflecopter Embed Code: <a class=”rcptr” href=”http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2882/” rel=”nofollow” data-raflid=”e2389ba2882″ data-theme=”classic” data-template=”” id=”rcwidget_1xd21rgz”>a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> <script src=”https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js”></script> Rafflecopter Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2882/? Tour Schedule: Week One: 1/21/2018- The Pages In-Between– Review 1/22/2018- Fiction Fare– Review 1/23/2018- YA Books Central– Excerpt 1/24/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt 1/25/2018- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Review Week Two: 1/28/2019- Colorimetry– Review 1/29/2019- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review 1/30/2019- A Gingerly Review– Review 1/31/2019- Moonlight Rendezvous– Review 2/1/2019- Novel Novice– Excerpt Week Three: 2/4/2019- Lisa Loves Literature– Review 2/5/2019- Flyleaf Chronicles– Review 2/6/2019- Smada’s Book Smack– Review 2/7/2019- A Backwards Story– Review 2/8/2019- Jena Brown Writes– Review Week Four: 2/11/2019- Nerdophiles– Review 2/12/2019- Book-Keeping– Review 2/13/2019- Eli to the nth– Review 2/14/2019- Do You Dog-ear?– Review 2/15/2019- Book Briefs– Review
Thank you to HMH Teen For gifting me a copy, and Thank you to Rockstar Book Tours for recently inviting me on to the Blog Tour. All opinions are my own.
First and foremost, the cover, it is stunning, and it’s 100% the reason I requested a review copy. I am so glad I ended up enjoying the book as much as I did. Also, I have not read the series that this book spins off of, and I was still able to follow along with this book with no issue. I felt that I had zero difficulty investing myself in the characters, and the world.
I have been kind of in a YA book slump, and I am so excited that this book pulled me out of it. This was a such a rich, and detailed story, one that I let consume my time, and the more I read, the more I found myself not wanting to answer to real life. I love YA books that have a certain amount of darkness, and a little touch of historical fiction (which I am a huge fan of), it makes for a very entertaining read. I am glad that this is a duology, I may do things a bit differently and read the HIS FAIR ASSASSIN Trilogy, while I wait for the next book. Because, after that cliffhanger, I am not ready to give up on this world. I need more!